On Saturday Oct. 6, the Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab in St. Teresa will host an unusual regatta.
The object is not so much to get some place first as it is simply to stay afloat.
Sponsored by West Marine and Wal-Mart, and from noon to 6 p.m., this first and planned annual "Whatever Floats Your Boat" regatta will feature a challenge to create a homemade "boat" that is both artistically interesting and reasonably buoyant. Watching outrageously costumed boat crews topple over or slowly sink into St. George Sound is, of course, part of the fun anticipated by the regatta's landlubber attendees.
Festivities surrounding the regatta include live music, good food, and loads of fun. The regatta can be viewed from various shoreline vantage points around the Marine Lab, boat basin, or for optimal viewing bring your own real boat and anchor along the outside of the channel and race course markers. Also, make sure to bring your own chair/blanket for your own race-viewing comfort!
Prize categories include:
First boat to cross the finish line in the regatta
Most creative use of materials
Titanic Award to the most spectacular failure
People's Choice
Available prizes are two $50 West Marine gift cards and two $50 Wal-Mart gift cards, to be awarded to the four winning teams.
The fee is $25 to register, and the event is free to view. Food available for purchase from Posey's. The marine lab is at 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa.
For more info, contact organizer Capt. Rosanne Weglinski at rweglinski@fsu.edu or telephone 697-2069, or visit http://marinelab.fsu.edu/outreach/regatta.html